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Petroperil: Hazards of drilling

BY COREY PAUL for the Odessa American, Texas No. 1 killer of oilfield workers is vehicle accidents The monitors sounded, and Clinton Hunt saw two of his fellow rig hands drop. All donned their emergency breathers. But only Hunt’s worked. That quickly, the poisonous H2S gas killed one of the men. He was a friend. Hunt still sees his family ...

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Rosedale Technical Institute gets $200K to start program


By Sam Spatter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The growth of the oil and gas industry in Western Pennsylvania, as well as expansion of the electrical field, prompted one local trade school to start an Industrial Maintenance Program. Rosedale Technical Institute, a nonprofit school in Kennedy, got financial support for the project on Friday when the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County board gave ...

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Annual environmental seminar draws national representation

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Mella McEwen for Midland Reporter-Telegram, Texas Environment-related issues between the oil and gas industry and regulatory agencies have shifted in the years since Midland College’s Petroleum Professional Development Center began sponsoring the Permian Basin Environmental Regulatory Seminar. When the seminars were first held, said Hoxie Smith, the center’s executive director, it mainly drew state regulatory agencies. Topping early concerns, he ...

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Expert upbeat about oil gains

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Michael Kelly for San Angelo Standard-Times, Texas SAN ANGELO, Texas — The area on the eastern perimeter of the Permian Basin in 2012 saw $14.5 billion per year in economic output from the oil extraction industry. Through the next eight years, that activity is expected to increase by another 50 percent, according to a new report presented to the San ...

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Ohio House OKs fracking-tax measure


A fracking-tax bill that supporters say will provide long-term clarity for companies coming to Ohio to drill in the state’s shale regions passed a divided Ohio House yesterday. The bill sets a new 2.5 percent severance tax on shale fracking, a rate Democrats decried as a giveaway to the oil and gas industry, and as an overall tax shift because ...

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Judges hear debate on sections of Act 13 drilling law


PHILADELPHIA — Attorneys representing Pennsylvania and the oil and gas industry argued this morning to maintain several sections of the state’s drilling law that are still being challenged after the state Supreme Court struck down key aspects of Act 13 late last year. The arguments in front of five Commonwealth Court judges focused on narrow issues. The validity of the ...

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64 groups ask for gas industry emission restrictions


Sixty-four environment and community organizations have asked the federal government to limit air pollution emissions from the rapidly expanding oil and gas industry that are impacting many of the nation’s urban areas, including Pittsburgh. According to a petition, filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday by Earthjustice, a public interest law organization representing the groups, 150 million Americans ...

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House panel trims Kasich’s fracking tax


After making changes that would reduce what drillers would pay, a House committee yesterday narrowly passed a new severance tax on shale fracking that Gov. John Kasich says doesn’t go far enough. In fact, the latest bill may not even raise as much severance-tax money as current law and could leave nothing for an income-tax cut proposed by Kasich, according ...

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Carlsbad getting flushed by increase in demand for commercial sewage service

Jonathan Smith for Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M CARLSBAD — Talk about a stinky situation. That’s exactly what the city council will do Tuesday. Thanks to Southeastern New Mexico’s booming oil and gas industry, the city’s wastewater treatment plant has been taking nearly 10 times the volume of liquid waste than originally intended. Most of the waste comes from septic tanks, portable ...

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How ‘Big Corn’ lost the ethanol battle to Philadelphia refiners


NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Six months ago the U.S. oil industry scored a surprise win against farm groups when the Obama administration proposed slashing the amount of ethanol refiners must blend into gasoline, a move that could save them billions of dollars. Stunned by the reversal, producers of the corn-based biofuel and their supporters are now fighting back ahead of ...

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